45 celebrities who were spotted in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ajman this week
It's been another busy week in the UAE with singers, models, influencers and athletes all hanging out in the emirates
This week, if you've been out dune bashing in the desert, visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or chilling out at Atlantis, The Palm, it's very likely you'll have been mere metres away from a celebrity, because all three destinations seem to have been packed with stars over the past seven days.
From top secret performances to family visits, here are 41 celebrities, social media stars, athletes and singers that have been spotted in the UAE this week...
1. Katy Perry
Roar singer Katy Perry was flown into Dubai for a private performance at Atlantis, The Palm on Monday, December 16. The songstress took to the stage for Rise Dubai, marketing company Amway’s Asia Pacific Leadership Seminar. As many as 6,500 people were flown into Dubai for the event.
2. Rafael Nadal
Tennis champ Rafael Nadal won Abu Dhabi's Mubadala World Tennis Championship this week. While he may have been focused on the on-court action, he did have some time for a beach photoshoot with the #InAbuDhabi sign on Saadiyat Island, as you do.
3. Richard Branson
Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson paid a visit to a number of his UAE enterprises last week. He stopped by Virgin Megastore at The Dubai Mall to support the launch of Made51 products on Tuesday, December 17. He also visited the Virgin Radio studios and decorated a Christmas tree with DJ Brent Black.
4. Eva Longoria
No stranger to Dubai, she got engaged to Jose Baston in Dubai in 2015, Eva Longoria has had a busy week. As well as hosting the Global Gift Gala, the actress has been out in the desert and dined on a gold steak at Salt Bae’s Nusr-Et.
5. Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris
RnB crooners Boyz II Men performed at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena on Thursday, December 19. Making the most of his time in the emirates, the charismatic Wanya Morris shared photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Burj Khalifa.
6-9. Ekta and Tusshar Kapoor and family
Bollywood power family, Ekta Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor were in Dubai together on Saturday, December 21. They relaxed on the Palm Jumeirah and visited PlayTown Dubai.
10. Maya Jama
British radio presenter Maya Jama flew over to Dubai for a solo holiday. She checked into the Burj Al Arab (pictured below) and dined at Miss Lily's.
11. Hrithik Roshan
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan attended a private event in Dubai on Wednesday, December 18. At the event he danced with fans and posed for photos with the crowd.
12. Jacqueline Fernandez
Bollywood star and regular Dubai visitor Jacqueline Fernandez attended the Global Gift Gala with Eva Longoria and sisters and Dubai residents, Huda and Mona Kattan.
Canadian vlogger Azra Bajrami, known as Azzy, has made the most of her trip to the UAE. She has diligently documented her visit, with stops (and photoshoots) in the Abu Dhabi desert, at Al Qudra, atop the Burj Khalifa, at Atlantis The Palm, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Burj Al Arab and in Bur Dubai.
14. Prachi Tehlan
Indian actress, netball and basketball player, Prachi Tehlan, has been exploring Dubai. She stopped off at the Burj Khalifa and admired the view from the 124th floor.
15-17. So Solid Crew
Three members of British garage and hip hop group So Solid Crew were in Dubai to perform at nightclub The Hideout on Thursday, December 19. Members Romeo Dunn, Lisa Maffia and Dan Da Man took to the stage and performed some of their biggest hits.
They also went quad biking in the desert and enjoyed an Xclusive Yachts boat party.
Malayalam cinema star Mohanlal was in Dubai for surgery on Saturday, December 21. Posting a photo with his doctor, while wearing a cast, he thanked Dr Bhuvaneshwar Machani, saying he had the procedure at Burjeel Hospital For Advanced Surgery.
19. Swae Lee Lee Swae
American rapper Swae Lee Lee Swae hit the desert for some dune quad biking on Monday, December 16.
20. Ananya Panday
Indian actress Ananya Panday has been living her best life in Dubai, chilling out at popular beach bar, Barasti.
21. Alec Smith
Athlete Alec Smith was in the UAE for the Dubai CrossFit Championships, from Wednesday, December 11 to Saturday, December 14. As well as working out, while in town he paid the desert a visit and went for a swim with a Burj Al Arab backdrop.
22-23. Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis
At the beginning of the month, entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman and her DJ husband Brendan Fallis visited Abu Dhabi for the first time. But Fallis has just posted the visit on YouTube, starting with their Etihad flight, checking into Emirates Palace, with beach days, a Louvre Abu Dhabi visit, lunch at Zuma, a Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque trip and a day at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
24. Baddy Oosha
Nigerian singer Baddy Oosha seems to have been shopping up a storm in Dubai. The popular musician posted a number of shots inside stores, tagging himself in Dubai and at Global Village.
25. Marcus Majella
The Brazilian comedy actor and director was in Dubai and during his visit he took a Seawings seaplane ride and visited the Palm Jumeirah.
26. Riza Syah
Indonesian model Riza Syah has been spotted around Dubai, with a visit to Bur Dubai featuring an abra ride, theme park Motiongate and a desert safari all on his agenda.
27. Omoni Oboli
Actress, scriptwriter, filmmaker and author Omoni Oboli has been cruising around the region. Aboard the Jewel of the Seas, she stopped off in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, paying the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque a visit. She has since sailed onto Oman.
28. Steph Olive
Blogger Steph Olive was in town on Monday, December 16 and posted a photo of a desert encounter with a falcon.
29. Karina Kasparyants
Russian actress and blogger Karina Kasparyants took on three emirates when in the UAE. She started at the Fairmont Ajman, then travelled south to Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, before stopping in Dubai to pose with a Burj Khalifa backdrop in Downtown Dubai, and visit the Dubai Miracle Garden, the desert and Dubai Marina.
30. Katrin Daviosdottir
Icelandic athlete and fittest women on earth, Katrin Daviosdottir, has been exploring the UAE with her sister and partner Streat Hoerner. She worked out at Barry's Bootcamp Dubai and spent the day in the desert.
31. Chiara Maci
Italian chef Chiara Maci is currently in Dubai with her family. They have been staying at Jumeirah Al Qasr, but also visited Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. They made a few essential stops in Old Dubai, including a Dubai Creek abra ride and a trip to Arabian Tea House.
32. Timea Gelencser
Hungarian model Timea Gelencser checked into the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai, she dined at Play Restaurant & Lounge and headed to the capital to watch the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
33. Sana Khan
Indian influencer, model and actress Sana Khan flexed her Instagram chops on a 'Gram friendly flamingo at Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai.
34. Kristina Mladenovic
Tennis pro Kristina Mladenovic has been doing her pre-season training at the American School of Dubai.
35. Mathi Sellanes
Uruguayan YouTube star Mathi Sellanes went on a desert motorbiking day out, waving the UAE flag as he went.
36. Maddy Burciaga
French actress and influencer Maddy Burciaga has been staying at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. She's explored the desert, posed in front of the Burj Al Arab and visited the Belhasa farm where she befriended a white lion.
37. Julia Godunova
Reverberatsiya actress Julia Godunova let out her inner child at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. She also visited Dubai Marina.
38. YBN Cordae
American rapper YBN Cordae was another guest at the Belhasa farm. He met the family's white lion cub on a stop during his The Lost Boy in America Tour.
39. Elisabetta Gregoraci
Italian fashion model, actress and TV personality Elisabetta Gregoraci is at Atlantis, The Palm. She is in town with her son, Falco Nathan Briatore, and dined at Nobu Dubai.
40. Anastasia Potapova
Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova enjoyed a chilled out lunch at a Dubai branch of Paul Bakery and Restaurant.
41. Benjamin Verbic
Slovenian professional footballer Benjamin Verbic has been in Dubai for some winter sun. Staying at the Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai, he's also been seen partying at Nikki Beach Dubai while in town.
42-43. Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic
There are lots of tennis personalities in town at the moment, and Maria Sharapova shared this snap of herself and Nadal (mentioned above) and Novak Djokovic. All three played at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
44. Michelle Keegan
Another regular visitor to Dubai, the British actress shared this photo of herself on the Dubai Marina promenade.
45. Kelvin Fletcher
The Strictly Come Dancing winner showed off his core strength with an impressive photo he posted during his family holiday in Dubai. Captioned "Desert life", Fletcher's impressive human flag left his fans in awe.
Updated: December 24, 2019 11:50 AM